Ways to Escape One’s Former Country
– Handbook for an Uncertain Migration

Baltensperger + Siepert
B+S Productions, Zurich 2017
ISBN 978-3-9524764-0-6
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Ways to Escape One’s Former Country

Handbook for an Uncertain Migration

Ways to Escape One’s Former Country is based on interviews that Baltensperger + Siepert held with asylum-seekers in Switzerland over a period of three years. In these interviews, they focussed on people’s actions before setting out and during their journeys. Baltensperger + Siepert have appropriated the asylum-seekers stories, dissolved them from their narrating subjects, and formulated them anew as direct procedural instructions. 

With this new project, the duo grapples once again with migration and simultaneously discovers literary possibilities for thinking about this phenomenon, which is such a determining one for our times. The work tries to circumvent the identity of refugees as objects of circumstance, creating an experience which takes place in the readers themselves and escapes the usual media narratives. Through a shift in perspective, the readers are spoken to with an immediacy that places them in the position of a person in flight. 

“You travel alone.  
You are a woman.  
You will be raped.  
There’s no getting around this.”
(excerpt from Ways to Escape One’s Former Country, 2017, pp. 86)

Baltensperger + Siepert understand escape as a form of political disobedience with which human beings transgress political, territorial, and societal borders determined from afar in order to follow their own visions and fictions.

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Ways to Escape One’s Former Country
Handbook for an Uncertain Migration

Baltensperger + Siepert
B+S Productions, Zurich 2017
ISBN 978-3-9524764-0-6
192 Pages
Language: German/English/Arabic
Format 11 cm x 18 cm